The instigation of the concern for the access to Amon Rudh began when a group of climbers on the wall saw a helicopter drop off engineers at the base of the wall, thinking that fallers were beginning work in the area they were concerned and upset about the destruction of an old growth ecosystem and the access trail to the wall that was built in 2008.
Immediate action was taken in the form of social media outreach and an online petition against logging the old growth below the wall. The local climbing community attended a meeting with Western Forest Products where we were assured that no logging was going to happen in the immediate future. I have a verbal commitment from Western Forest Products to GPS the existing access trail to Amon Rudh,
I met with Darwin, the representative from Western Forest Products , this afternoon. my purpose was to educate them about the recreational climbing development in the Eldred Valley, and to start a positive relationship with them. I provided them with a map of the climbing trails already established and talked about the climbers camp and the history of climbing in the area.
The Eldred Valley has the eyes of the global climbing community on it right now due to social media, its not the way I had imagined the Eldred Valley being portrayed to the world but its already out there. The exposure has created pressure on the community and may have created an opportunity to make a real difference in how climbing and recreation planning in the Eldred is developed for the future. Christie Dione